when to use insecticides?

hudsonvalley_zone6aMay 6, 2010

I've noticed no problems with my garden plants thus far so do I use an insecticide just as a preventative? When should I take action?

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jean001(z8aPortland, OR)

No. Doesn't do any good if nothing is there.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2010 at 12:27PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

And the pesticides, when used indiscriminately, can do a great deal of harm to the non-target creatures around your garden.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 4:41AM
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Kimmsr(4a/5b-MI)

Spraying an Insecticide around your garden when there is no problem is a waste of your time, energy, and money and unnecessarily exposes you to potential harmful materials and can kill off beneficials that are helping you control the insect pests that may be there but that you don't notice because they are under control.
Aside from that spraying any insecticide anytime is very detrimental to our environment since any time any poisons are sprayed they produce changes that we are not yet aware of.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 7:52AM
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hudsonvalley_zone6a

Thank you all for the advice. I'm new to gardening and wasn't sure when insecticide use was necessary and am currently researching organic, non chemical solutions. Kindest regards!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 12:01PM
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